Take your bike to work

Gov. Sean Parnell has proclaimed May as Bike Month, with May 16-20th as Bike Week. To celebrate, Alaska Safe Routes to School has organized a few events to support healthy lifestyles and the Juneau biking community.

Friday is the official Bike to Work and School Day. To kick off the weekend there will be a free movie that day at Gold Town Nickelodeon theater starting at 5:30 p.m.

The film is a 45-minute, award-winning documentary titled “Take a Seat”, in which Dominic Gill embarks on a quest to bike from Prudhoe Bay down to the tip of South America on a tandem bicycle.

Dominic’s unique journey is enriched through this mode of transportation as he bikes down from the north coast, meeting strangers along the way who ride with him on his tandem to help him achieve his goal.

Attendees of the movie are strongly encouraged to bike in celebration of Bike to School and Work Week, as there will be valet bicycle parking available.

On Sunday, May 22, Safe Routes to schools will be sponsoring a Bike Rodeo held from 1-4 p.m. in Thunder Mountain High School’s back parking lot. Other sponsors of the bike rodeo include the Juneau Freewheelers, Cycle Alaska, the Alaska Department of Transportation, and the City and Borough of Juneau.

Participants will learn bike safety skills and laws in new and fun ways while being in the great outdoors. A bike mechanic will be available on-site for quick bike-checks before the activities begin.

Kids of all ages are welcome, though they are asked to bring a working bicycle, helmet, a parent or guardian to accompany them, and of course — an enthusiasm to learn how they might better and more safely enjoy their cycling experience!

• Darling is a program and resource specialist in charge of the Safe Routes to School program for the Alaska Department of Transportation.


Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:48

Letter: Let the homeless stay

As a lifelong Juneau resident I, too, have been concerned about the rise in high profile homelessness in downtown. When I was growing up, it was very rare to see people sleeping out in doorways and on sidewalks — but I think this should elicit empathy and compassion on our part as citizens rather than a knee-jerk initiative to drive a group of people out of downtown.

Read more
Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:48

Letter: Gov. Walker’s decision on Juneau Access the right choice

I want to applaud Gov. Bill Walker’s recent decision to support ferry service and stop spending money on the extremely costly and dangerous Juneau road. Even if the state of Alaska was not in a difficult budget crisis, the move to use the money allocated for this project is better spent on more important transportation endeavors.

Read more
Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:47

Letter: On income tax

Have you wondered about the person putting all the commercials on TV and in the newspapers opposing an Alaska income tax? His name is Robert (Bob) Gillam, and according to Forbes Magazine, he was the wealthiest person in Alaska in 2016. Sounds to me like “Don’t tax me” and “What $3 billion budget crisis?”

Read more
Sun, 01/22/2017 - 07:47

Letter: Encourage Alaska’s Congressional delegation to protect, fund Alaska’s parks

When I was 27, I was hired as the captain of Glacier Bay National Park’s tour boat, Thunder Bay. It wasn’t until that summer that I really took in the mysteries and wonders of our natural world. I sat with a Park Service naturalist right next to me for 97 days, 12 hours per day that summer.

Read more


  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback